Blaney wins Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm •  Published: August 3, 2013
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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Sitting in the truck, Ryan Blaney got some fatherly advice right before the green flag dropped.

Choose the right line on restarts.

With more than 570 NASCAR starts behind him, Dave Blaney sure knew what he was talking about.

Ryan Blaney pulled away on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish to win the Truck Series race Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

"It was pretty funny that we were talking about restarts before the race and that's what it came down to," Blaney said.

Blaney had the truck to beat on both restarts to win his second career Truck race in 20 starts. He dipped low and took the lead off the first restart, then would not be denied a second time.

"It was just a matter of being able to get close to make the move," Blaney said. "Once the final restarts came, I really had to be aggressive."

The 19-year-old Blaney drove a Ford into Victory Lane in the Truck Series for the first time in four years. About the only one who missed out on the fun was team owner Brad Keselowski. Keselowski, the reigning Sprint Cup champion, was off to Iowa to drive in the Nationwide Series race.

Blaney gave Keselowski a happy landing.

Pole-sitter Miguel Paludo finished a career-best second and German Quiroga matched a career best with a third-place finish. Joey Coulter and Ross Chastain rounded out the top five. Series points leader Matt Crafton was eighth and now leads Jeb Burton by 52 points.

"We had the fastest truck on the racetrack all day long," Paludo said. "It's a little frustrating to come second but I'll take it."

The field was set by practice speeds after rain washed out qualifying on Saturday.